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Friday, June 19, 2009 

Saskatchewan Party Government Prevents Reporters From Attending 'Public Hearings' On Right Wing Labour Bill

The Saskatchewan Party government is trying to make changes to the province's labour legislation and is required to bring their changes before a legislative committee that holds public meetings.

Bill 80, The Construction Industry Labour Relations Amendment Act 2009, would allow major changes to various construction trade unions and allows a new group, The Christian Labour Association of Canada to operate in the province's various construction sites. Murray Mandryk is a columnist with the Regina Leader-Post. He writes today:

"For the first time in a quarter century of covering events at the legislature, I witnessed reporters being barred from a room where elected officials were publicly debating law. Ostensibly, the reason the media wasn't allowed in was because there was no room for them" [...]

"The closest thing we've heard from the government this week to a completely honest admission might have came from Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris who let it slip Wednesday that his government "predominately listened to business" in preparing this bill."
Murray Mandryk
Regina Leader-Post

Cliff .. WOW! I never read that post when it first went up! Very eye opening! THANKS!!

Glad to hep - this is a bunch you will want to keep out if you can.

Agreed.

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